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This is pretty much the breakfast I grew up on. I have an incredible amount of memories of being called to the kitchen to pick up my plate of mangu. To be completely honest, it was very rare to eat mangu with all these sides. Mangu is a quick and cheap dish, so my grandma wouldn’t be too bothered to make all 4 sides with it. There was almost always salami, but almost never cheese. But today I’m here to share the comeplete mangu dish with you.

So for starters, if you’re not from the Caribbean you are probably wondering what the hell is mangu. Mangu came from the region of the Congo, when there was slave trade, from a similar dish they eat made with boiled plantains. The name of the dish is mangusi. The word mangu comes from this West African word mangusi, which refers to any mashed vegetable from the earth.

Mangu con los tres golpes translates to mashed plantain with the three strikes. The three strikes would be the egg, cheese, and salami. Sometimes called con los cuatros golpes and incorporating avocado, this is a traditional breakfast in the Dominican Republic.

Try to use very unripe plantains, but yellow ones work too. The salami brand my family uses is Induveca. It’s a Dominican staple and can be used in so many more ways than just a side for mangu. Also, make sure to slice your queso thicker so you have a soft, gooey center.

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Mangu Con Los Tres Golpes

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 green plantain
  • 4 cups water
  • 6 slices queso de freir
  • 8 slices Dominican frying salami
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp cold water
  • 1 cup frying oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 ripe avocado, optional


  1. In a small bowl, add sliced onion and vinegar and let marinate as you prepare the rest of the dish.
  2. Peel plantain by cutting the skin alongside the edges. Cut plantain into 4 pieces for quicker cooking.
  3. In a small pot at medium to high heat, fill with water and plantain pieces, and cook until the plantains are soft.
  4. Once the plantains are soft, remove them from water, preserving about 2 tbsp water from cooking.
  5. In a large bowl, add soft plantain and butter, using a fork to mash the plantains.
  6. Add preserved cooking water and cold water and mash until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and set aside as your prepare the rest of the dish
  7. In a pan at low to medium heat, add frying oil. Add egg, season with salt and pepper, and cook, using a spoon to get the hot oil on the top of the egg. Once cooked, remove from pan.
  8. Add cheese slices to pan and cook on both sides until golden brown. Once cooked, remove from pan.
  9. Add salami slices to pan and cook on both sides until golden brown. Once cooked remove from pan.
  10. Add onion slices marinating in vinegar to pan and cook until translucent. Once cooked remove from pan.
  11. Cut avocado and assemble dish. Enjoy!